Theme Of Insanity In The Tell Tale Heart

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Insanity When people use drugs and get addicted, the drugs normally make them act strange and completely different than their normal selves. The people like this feeling so they continue to take the drugs until they have basically gone insane. For people like that, drugs make them insane. For some, annoying little noises drive them insane. For the main character in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” it is his psychotic obsession with his neighbor’s “vulture eye” that drives him to the point of insanity which gives him the motive to kill the old man. After the narrator murders the old man, the narrator realizes what he has done and tries to make sense of everything. Through the many actions the narrator performed to “perfectly” …show more content…
As the narrator begins telling the story of how he killed the old man he says, “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad?” (Poe 1). The narrator is trying to convince the audience that he is not insane for killing the man. He goes on to say, “…observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” (Poe 1). Just because the narrator can tell the story calmly does not mean he is not mad, but he is trying to convince the audience otherwise. The narrator had no reason to kill the old man, but he found one in the eye. The narrator stated that the old man had never done him wrong; he never insulted him, in fact the narrator says that he loved the old man. He had no desire for the old man’s gold. This makes no sense because why would he want to kill him if it was not for his possessions or his love for the narrator? That does not add up. The narrator decides to kill the old man based off an excuse he came up with on the spot. The reader can tell that the narrator had no reason to kill the old man by his word choice when he says, “I think it was his eye! yes, it was this!” (Poe 1). Notice the narrator says, “I think”. He had to think of a reason to kill the old man because he did not have a logical

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